We stood in the hazy blue glow of the Kansas City Aquarium on an unseasonably warm February day.  Our daughters swirled around our feet, darting from starfish to jellyfish to sea turtles. “What are you guys up to this...
Life indirectly sets us up to be friends with like-minded and age-similar people. People we grow up with, people from our classrooms, people sharing in extracurriculars -- our peers. In all these cases, those individuals are usually the same...
You left. You left, and you rarely came back. The end.  I could stop the story there, but the thing is, it doesn’t stop there. Nothing stopped there. I kept growing. Kept changing. Kept looking for you.  Until I didn’t.  I am...
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I pride myself on being relatively self-sufficient. I lived on my own for a long time until I got married, so I learned how to manage finances, keep my pets alive and get my oil changed regularly. I was...
I was a bit intimidated by Topgolf. I’m not a golfer and I’ve picked up a golf club maybe once in my life. I know absolutely nothing about the sport and to be honest it gave me some anxiety. The...
The day every little girl dreams of, her wedding day. This is the day you get your own Prince Charming, and the man you unite your life with. We take a commitment of “for better or worse,” “to love...
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Creating My Own Moms Group

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There's so much talk these days about "mom tribes." What does that even mean exactly?  Just for fun, I plugged the word "tribe" into Google.  Here's what I got: "a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or...
Sometimes walking in the art lined halls of a children’s school brings back the nostalgia of our own youth. Memories of friendships, young love, learning and new adventures remind us our childhood feels so long ago, and yet just...
It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is the redheaded stepchild of celebrated holidays. It’s fueled by guilt that you must buy your mate chocolates and roses to prove your love. Stores thrive off of this expectation and provide rows...
Nearly 14 years ago I was presented with a classic female problem: Should I change my last name? I was 22, about to marry a 21-year-old guy, and this is a thing that you must decide, along with what...

Using Mudita to Cure FOMO

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Mudita is one of my very favorite words. A Sanskrit word with no English counterpart, mudita translates to sympathetic joy; the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being. Doesn’t that just sound so amazing? Being happy for...
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Married to My Hero

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You only need to meet me for 5 minutes before you are likely to hear two things: I have met Taylor Swift (Let me know if you ever want to hear about it, I love to tell the story!) ...
  When we moved to Lee’s Summit in 2011, this place was a craft beer desert. Of course, my husband and I loved venturing into downtown Kansas City to explore Boulevard and the bevy of small breweries downtown, but we...
I was a mother for almost two years before I held my daughter. Though she was the first baby I held in my arms, she was not the one who made me a mother.  The one who made me...
The other day I saw a group of young women walking into Target, They were tall, had beautifully highlighted and trimmed hair, had really cool handbags, and were laughing a lot. They walked into the swimsuit clearance section, and...

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Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Kansas City

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Tis the season for holiday dates and night's out with friends and nowhere is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar! The Kansas City...
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